College-wide Cultural Diversity and Inclusion Forum

The College-wide Cultural Diversity and Inclusion forum series is an expansion of the highly successful Western New York student survey project, coined the Buffalo Project, co-facilitated by Dr. Rhianna C. Rogers, associate professor at SUNY Empire State College. The Buffalo Project analyzed the impacts of cultural inclusiveness on college learning and student retention at SUNY Empire State College, Niagara Frontier. This survey information, has been used to create a variety of activities at Niagara Frontier in order to engage students cross-culturally; some of these events include culture-based plenary discussions, documentary film round tables, community tours, student clubs, and food events.

The success of this forum series eventually expanded into what is now a College-wide Diversity and Inclusion Forum series.

For information about the Buffalo Project and the prior College-wide Cultural Diversity and Inclusion forums, please see the following links:

Empire State College's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion website has information on many policies and programs offered.

Upcoming Forums

How Creative Thinking Sets the Environment for Diversity and Innovation

Time: April 2020 (Exact Date and Time TBD)

Speaker: Ms. Karina Loera-Barcenas, SUNY Buffalo State Small Business Development Center Business Advisor

Bio: Karina is a Business Advisor at the Small Busines Development Center, SUNY Buffalo State College. She is also an innovation facilitator and trainer. She is a volunteer at CPSI Conference developing curriculum, training people in Creative Problem Solving and mentoring individuals that have a high-social development impact. Karina has a deep interest in developing creative minds, facilitating social innovation and grow a positive and creative mindset in individuals, companies, institutions, and communities. Karina was proudly born and raised in Mexico City, she has lived in Lancaster, UK, and currently resides in Buffalo, NY.

The Forum: The objective of this session is to introduce a problem solving model and utilize its core guidelines to foster diversity and leverage it as a key element for innovation. This approach requires each of us to be collaborative while, at the same time, be reflective and respectful of diverse perspectives. Creative Thinking provides a specific set of steps, stages, tools and techniques that can be used to developing environment(s) of inclusivity and collaboration for people to embrace and celebrate each other.

Videos from Previous Forums

1st Annual Diversity Forum: Race and Policing


2nd Annual Diversity Forum: Cultural Inclusion and Diversity


3rd Annual Diversity Forum: American Politics and Race


4th Annual Diversity Forum: Visible and Invisible Disabilities


5th Annual Diversity Forum: Microaggressions in Everyday Life


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